I loved these and wish I had made a quadruple batch, although it would've taken all day! I followed the directions, and used a vegetable peeler to peel the skin off of the oranges, then sliced them into thinner strips. Since they were thin, I boiled them once for the 20 minutes as stated, then in the sugar syrup for approximately 10 minutes. I strained them out of the syrup using a fine mesh strainer (and a spoon to help), saving the simple syrup. Once drained, I laid the peel on wax paper to dry for about an hour, then rolled and pressed them in sugar. They turned out beautiful, and delicious. I can't wait to figure out how to use these candied peels, if I can stop eating them! As stated, SAVE your syrup to sweeten coffee & tea, and to brush on cake layers to combat dryness--this syrup would be especially good on a poppyseed cake.Also, lime peel did not work for me. They turned pretty hard, and although still edible, they did not have the same nice texture the orange peels had. Can't wait to try this technique with lemon & grapefruit!
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I loved these and wish I had made a quadruple batch, although it would've taken all day! I...